Touch-Based Mobile Phone Interface Guidelines and Design Recommendations for Elderly People: A Survey of the Literature

  • Muna S. Al-Razgan
  • Hend S. Al-Khalifa
  • Mona D. Al-Shahrani
  • Hessah H. AlAjmi
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7666)


Mobile phones are becoming a great necessity for elderly people; the features they provide supported by rich functionality made them one of the indispensable gadgets used in their daily life. However, as mobile phones get more advanced and their interfaces become more complicated, new design recommendations and guidelines need to be developed to serve the elderly needs. In this paper we present a set of guidelines and design recommendations for touch based mobile phones targeted towards elderly people. These guidelines were distilled and consolidated after a comprehensive review of the literature. We hope that these compiled guidelines will serve as an information base for future designers/developers to use while designing touch based mobile interfaces for elderly people.


Elderly people Mobile phones Accessibility Design Recommendations Guidelines 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Muna S. Al-Razgan
    • 1
  • Hend S. Al-Khalifa
    • 1
  • Mona D. Al-Shahrani
    • 1
  • Hessah H. AlAjmi
    • 1
  1. 1.Information Technology DepartmentCollege of Computer and Information Sciences King Saud UniversitySaudi Arabia

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